Ministering in Europe 2015

Join John & Leigh as they minister throughout Europe along with MSIA Staff and many participants.  They will be holding seminars, workshops and tours, bringing peace, light and blessings as they travel and serve. You can learn more and follow along on-line by signing up for email updates.

Spiritual Exercise – A Divine Experience

Leigh Taylor-Young Morton

Keep in mind that spiritual exercises are a devotional practice. You are coming into worship. You are presenting yourself at the “altar,” the place inside you in which God appears and you can experience yourself in the presence of the Lord God.

There are many effects that are likely to be very subtle and beyond conscious awareness. Keep going, and take time also to observe your inner experience, including through your imagination or what might at first appear as imaginary. Use all of your inner senses to observe.

You can keep a special journal to record and compile your experiences.

Be patient. While the journey may seem long it is still active and dynamically bringing forward what you are prepared to experience.

You can also benefit by considering your intentions for what you would like to experience while remaining open to whatever experience comes forward from the Mystical Traveler to you. While in prayer, consider you are in communion with God in a very personal way. Listen. Give your attention to whatever is being revealed from within as a divine experience. Tell your story to God in complete trust that you are heard and understood and whatever help would serve any needs is on the way if not already done.

Baruch Bashan
John Morton

Carrying the Torch for John-Roger

Someone emailed me from across the country asking for advice on whether to attend in-person the November 29th Celebration of John-Roger’s Life, with concerns about the event being full and the costs involved.  This is what poured out of me in response:

Let me start out with another of my J-R stories that have been flowing like rivers after a heavy winter snow melt.  In 1984, prior to the Opening of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the John-Roger Foundation which became the Integrity Foundation donated $1,500 to the U.S. Olympic Committee for the privilege of having someone run with the Olympic torch which would later light the Olympic flame to commence the Games.  John-Roger asked me if I would be willing to run with the torch on behalf of the Foundation.

From early childhood I was fascinated by the Olympics and would have loved to have been the Olympic Decathlon Champion.   I ran track and field and cross country in high school.  I was thrilled by the experience and so was J-R even though we ran with it in the middle of nowhere up near Lompoc, California.  Perhaps you have seen the Moment of Peace showing my running with the torch and scenes from when J-R and myself were at the Olympics in person.

On the day of the Opening Ceremonies which were at the Coliseum at USC, which is not too far from Prana, there was a wedding that I attended with J-R.  Afterwards, he and one of the MSIA staff were invited to attend the Opening Ceremonies as guests of a generous supporter of Insight and IIWP.  I was very moved to walk if I had to from Prana and somehow attend the Opening Ceremonies and see the Olympic flame lit.  The same flame I had carried is lit by a special flame which has been lit by a long tradition going back to the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. The flame burns “eternally” in Olympia, Greece where the ancient Olympic Games were held.

In 1984, I was living on a vow of poverty with MSIA.  Literally, I had no money of my own. When I told J-R after the wedding at Prana  that I wanted to go to the Opening Ceremonies, he said to me, “Don’t let money stand in the way of your going” and then he left to go.  I thought to myself about what he meant.  In my world in 1984, I thought $20 was a reasonable amount that could get me a ticket.  I adjusted to what J-R said to raise the amount I would be willing to pay to $50.  Someone from Prana gave me a ride to a very crowded area around the Coliseum at USC which could hold up to 100,000 spectators.  I started walking across a mammoth parking lot to to get to one of the entrances to the Coliseum.  In the distance, I could see people holding up small hand-made signs.  I was encouraged as I thought these people were selling extra tickets they had.  When I got close enough to read the first sign, it was about buying tickets.  Then another sign and another and another.  Many people holding up signs or announcing out loud their intentions — all wanting to buy tickets.

When I arrived at the entrance gate, I had not seen one person offering to sell a ticket.  I felt very dejected.  I managed to find a piece of cardboard and made my sign — “I WANT A TICKET” — to hold up while I walked around meeting people who were approaching the entrances.  After what seemed like a long while, I went of to one of the people holding a sign to buy tickets and asked if he had seen anyone selling tickets.  His response was, “Yeah, there’s a guy over there,” pointing at an area I had not walked by, “whose selling one ticket for $500.”  I walked over to him and sure enough he had a sign to sell a ticket.  I asked how much?  “$500,” he responded.  I replied, “That’s too much.”  I felt crushed.  I walked away even more dejected.

I was standing in the parking lot near an entrance gate still holding up my sign but with my head down and gazing at the asphalt below.  Someone said, “Here,” and put a ticket into my hand while I was still staring at the ground.  By the time I had figured out what I had in my hand, my instant response was this was some kind of scalper playing a mean game of tempting me by putting what I wanted desperately into my hands.  I looked up and there were many people walking toward the entrance gate.  I was not even sure who it was who had put the ticket into my hand.  I yelled out, “How much is the ticket?”

A tall, athletic man immaculately dressed in a sport coat and tie quickly turned around while he kept walking toward the gate and yelled back, “It’s free!”  I was still standing as he kept moving further away toward the entrance, and I yelled loudly over the crowd noise, “Who do I have to thank?”  He quickly turned around while he kept moving toward the entrance and yelled back, “ABC.”  I later realized he was one of the on-camera announcers who worked for ABC Sports, the television network who was covering the entire Olympic Games.  On the ticket amongst the information that was printed it read, “VIP” and “$200.”  When I took my seat, sure enough I was seated in a VIP section, 4 rows up from the track and field at the end of the stadium where the main part of the ceremonies was conducted.

Being at that Opening Ceremony is to this day one of the most spectacular experiences of my life.  During the ceremonies, which climaxes with the lighting of the Olympic flame to commence the Games, there is a tradition in which the host country keeps the identity of who will light the flame a secret right up to the moment when the last runners who have been passing the flame torch to torch for weeks finally enter the Olympic stadium, continuing to pass the flame onto another runner until the one who is to light the cauldron signifies the moment of the Opening of the Olympic Games.

When I later attended with J-R the Opening Ceremonies for the Atlanta Olympics, Muhammad Ali lit the official flame.  However, on this day in Los Angeles the surprise was two-time Olympic Champion Rafer Johnson who lit the flame by carrying the torch from the track up a specially-built flight of stairs all the way up to the top of the stadium.  It was a spine tingling moment for me.

When my wife, Leigh, and I came together, I found out that she had a small role in the film “The Games,” which was based upon a true story about the marathon run during the Rome Olympics in 1960.  One of the advisers and someone who played a sports commentator in the film is Leigh’s friend, the very same Rafer Johnson, who became a two-time Olympic Decathlon Champion.  Leigh and I later had lunch with Rafer, and he signed the photo of the Los Angeles Opening Ceremonies that is hanging, along with the actual Olympic torch I carried, in the hallway outside my office at 2101 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.

Of course, this is your decision whether you attend the day of Celebration of J-R’s Life. Look to your heart for direction, and “Don’t let money stand in the way.”

Baruch Bashan
John

To learn more about participating in-person and on-line in the Celebration of John-Roger’s Life, click here. . . 

Celebrating John-Roger’s Life & Ministry

On October 22, 2014, our beloved John-Roger made his transition from the physical body into Spirit.  John-Roger was the founder of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy, Institute for Individual & World Peace, University of Santa Monica, Heartfelt Foundation and many more organizations focused on loving, caring, sharing and serving for the highest good of all concerned.  John Morton Ministries is dedicated to continuing to serve throughout the world the ministries founded by John-Roger.  

View recent comforting and inspiring messages from John Morton, Leigh Taylor-Young Morton, and others about John-Roger’s life and continued presence in our hearts.

Click here .  .  .

St. Mark, Jerusalem – Museum of the Shroud

St. Mark- Jerusalem- Painting of the Virgin Mary by St. Luke II

Jerusalem is relatively not ancient in that much rebuilding has been done over the two millennia. Still, it’s more than interesting to ponder and consider what is the blessing here and now including for the inscription in Aramaic for the time of Pentecost.

Claudia Flores, Leigh and I returned to the Notre Dame Catholic facility where we celebrated John-Roger’s birthday dinner on the rooftop.  By “chance” we met Father Christofo now working there and originally from Mexico and a close friend of a very close friend of Claudia and her family.  He then personally gave us a tour of the relatively new Museum of the Shroud (based upon the Shroud of Turin} which is arguably considered to have been used to cover Jesus’ body after the crucifixion.

Regardless of the authenticity of whether it was Jesus who provided the image on the shroud, there is an unsolved mystery as to how the image was photographically created by some form or flash of light even with the technology of today.  Whoever the man of the shroud was, it’s clear he was crucified by the body markings and fluids still on the shroud linen.  While the carbon 14 test showed the shroud to be about 800 years old, the sample was taken from a patch that was re-woven and possibly done later by the direction of whoever had custody.

St. Mark- Jerusalem- entrance- Main door

We learned among other things that botanists have scientifically determined that the microscopic pollen still on the shroud not only had to be from an area between Jerusalem and Hebron in Israel but also that certain pollen found on the shroud would be flowering between March and April.  Hmm.  

 

Furthermore, the shroud has the blood such that they know the type was AB, and the shroud images match up with a secondary face cloth that has been housed in Ovieto, Spain since the 7th century.  That translates in human genome terms to we have the man’s DNA.

I am  reminded of the scripture, “He is not here.  He is risen.”

John

Prana Ministry in Switzerland

After the recent Light Tour in Israel, Leigh and I traveled to Neuchatel, Switzerland for some MSIA/PTS/IIWP/HeartFelt service. Over two days, we facilitated the PTS Gratitude, IIWP Peace, and HeartFelt Circle of Light workshops, an MSIA Q&A, and MSIA Baptisms. Veronique Sandoz and Dominique Kohler were our hosts with some expert assistance volunteered by IIWP Administrator, Debbie Roth.
Prana Switzerland is alive and well. Enjoy the scenery.
Baruch Bashan
John
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Walking Around the Walls of Jerusalem

During an open day in our schedule in Jerusalem, a group of us limited to 35 walked the so-called tunnel at the original foundation of the western wall of the temple mount. One of the foundation stones stretches across some 10 meters and weighs 57 tons. How that stone was so precisely hewed and placed is still considered an unsolved mystery.

The greater importance is what is above just east on the Temple Mount considered to be of the Holy of Holies in which God placed Its original creation into manifestation and marked as where Abraham was to sacrifice his son Isaac, the dwelling place of the Arc of the Covenant, and location of the Ascension of Muhammad with archangels Gabriel and Michael in attendance.  We continued our walk circumnavigating the Temple Mount and making a brief visit to St. Anne’s Church named for the mother of the Virgin Mary who was born nearby.  St. Anne’s is famous for many PAT IV renditions of the MSIA Alleluia song.

As we continued our walk around the Temple Mount, we stopped along the eastern wall at a place just below the still sealed Golden Gate for a Moment of Peace and Blessing before continuing our walk along the walls.  The last time I recall one of our groups spending so much time along a wall was in 1988 at the Berlin Wall when J-R famously told the group about putting a worm of light into the wall and declaring the wall would come down within two years. And it did!

Our group also drove through nearby Jericho where another famous wall came down when Joshua led the Israelites across the River Jordan into the land of Canaan to walk seven times around that oldest known city wall while shouting until it came down.

Let us join in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem so that all may find harmony and goodwill living together as neighbors and friends as an example to all of the world.

Baruch Bashan
John

Ministering in Israel

During September, John and Leigh are traveling through Israel, celebrating
John-Roger’s 80th birthday and bringing their Light-filled ministries to this special land.

Leigh & John in Capharnaum

Follow John & Leigh’s adventures through video updates via SoulCam and articles and photos on the New Day Herald.